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Minnesota beats Nebraska, 30-23

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 8:32 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2021 at 11:35 PM CDT
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --Tanner Morgan threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns and Bryce Williams rushed for 127 yards and another score as Minnesota defeated Nebraska 30-23. The Gophers dominated the first half, taking a 21-9 lead behind near-perfect passing from Morgan. But Nebraska flipped the script in the second half, forcing two interceptions to get back into the game. However, a number of missed opportunities prevented the Huskers from taking the lead and allowed Minnesota to hang on.

Place-kicker Connor Culp connected on a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter. It marked his second 50-plus field goal of the season, with him also hitting a career-long 51-yarder at Oklahoma.

Receiver Brody Belt made his first career start in today’s game.

Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt had a 12-yard sack in the second quarter, marking his first sack in the past two seasons. He now has 2.5 career sacks.

The Minnesota victory was its third straight in the series. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten the Gophers have a 6-5 edge and now lead the all-time series 35-25-2, including 24-13-2 in Minneapolis.

With 241 passing yards against Minnesota, Nebraska has passed for at least 200 yards in all eight games this season and for nine straight games dating back to the final game of 2020. The streak of throwing for at least 200 yards in each of the first eight games ties for the longest season-opening streak in school history. It also marks Nebraska’s longest streak of 200-yard passing games since a school-record 20-game streak spanning the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Tight end Austin Allen had five catches for a career-high 121 yards. His previous career high was 61 yards against Fordham earlier this season. Each of Allen’s first four receptions covered at least 20 yards, while his fifth reception was a 9-yard touchdown that marked his third career touchdown catch and second in as many weeks.

Allen is the first Nebraska tight end to have 100 receiving yards in a game since Tyler Hoppes had five catches for 105 yards at Purdue on Oct. 28, 2017.

With his five catches, Allen pushed his career receptions total to 51. He is the 10th tight end in school history with 50 career catches.

Allen is the fourth Husker to have a 100-yard receiving game this season, joining Rahmir Johnson, Samori Toure and Oliver Martin. This is the first time since 2007 Nebraska has had four different players have a 100-yard receiving game in the same season.

Running back Rahmir Johnson rushed 11 times for a career-high 83 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson’s 83 yards bettered his previous career high of 76 rushing yards at Michigan State. Today’s game marked his second multi-TD game of the season (also 2 rush TD vs. Northwestern).

Quarterback Adrian Martinez accounted for 224 yards of total offense, ending his school-record eight-game streak with at least 250 yards of total offense.

Martinez completed 18 passes in today’s game, giving him 617 career completions. He is the second Husker with 600 career completions and is eight completions shy of Tommy Armstrong’s career record of 625 completions.

With his one passing touchdown in the game, Martinez became the eighth Husker to have 10 passing and 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season, joining Taylor Martinez (2010 & 2012), Eric Crouch (2000), Tommie Frazier (1995), Mickey Joseph (1990), Gerry Gdowski (1989), Steve Taylor (1988) and Turner Gill (1983).

Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt had a 12-yard sack in the second quarter, marking his first sack in the past two seasons. He now has 2.5 career sacks. Taylor-Britt also tied his career high with 2.0 TFLs.

Taylor-Britt had a third-quarter interception to end a Gopher scoring threat. It marked his first interception of the 2021 season and the sixth of his Nebraska career.

Senior safety Deontai Williams had a third-quarter interception, marking his team-leading fourth interception of the season and the sixth of his career. He is the first Husker to have four interceptions in a season since 2016. Williams entered today’s game tied for sixth nationally in interceptions.

Place-kicker Connor Culp connected on a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter. It marked his second 50-plus field goal of the season, with him also hitting a career-long 51-yarder at Oklahoma.

Receiver Brody Belt made his first career start in today’s game.

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